Friday, April 3, 2009

Mega Churches

Here are some interesting "stats" on mega churches in the U.S.

Megachurches – Protestant congregations that draw 2,000 or more adults and children in a typical weekend (attendance not membership) – show considerable consistency over the past eight years.

They continue to:
• Grow in size
• Lead the way as America's most multi-ethnic class of church
• Show a strong bias toward contemporary worship
• Remain minimally involved in politics.

However, they also are institutions in transition.

They are now:
• Offering more worship services and expanding to multiple-locations
• Shifting to playing a greater role in community service
• Decreasing their use of radio and television
• Putting greater emphasis on the role of small groups.

These are some of the most salient findings of a national study of America's roughly 1,200 megachurches with approximately one third returning a usable response to an eight-page, 150-question survey that was fielded between February and August, 2008, with comparison given to similar (but non-longitudinal) national studies in 2000 and 2005.

For a full review of the survey, go to http://hirr.hartsem.edu/megachurch/megastoday2008_summaryreport.html

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